Special Sub-Topic: Denver Broncos 2006
|Who was the Broncos' starting quarterback for the first 11 games of the season?|
Jake Plummer. Jay Cutler and Bradlee Van Pelt were both sitting on the bench for the first 11 games. John Elway retired from the Broncos in 1998.
|How many quarters into the season did it take for the Denver defense to give up a touchdown?|
11. The Broncos didn't give up touchdowns to the St. Louis Rams or the Kansas City Chiefs in Weeks 1 and 2, but the streak ended when Tom Brady threw an 8-yard TD to Doug Gabriel in Week 3's fourth quarter.
|Which of these three Denver defensemen did not have an interception against the Ravens' Steve McNair in Week 5?|
John Lynch. The other three picked off McNair once each in the Broncos' 13-3 victory.
|Which AFC South quarterback tossed for 345 yards against Denver in Week 8?|
Peyton Manning. Peyton Manning tore up the Denver defense with 345 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions. The Colts won 34-31.
|In what week was the Broncos' bye?|
4. The sandwiched their Week 4 bye around victories against the Patriots and Ravens.
|Who scored a 72-yard TD run against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 9?|
Javon Walker. Javon Walker, a newly added wide receiver from Green Bay, scored on a risky but successful end-around play. They beat the Steelers 31-20.
|With the AFC West title on the line, who did Denver lose to in Week 11?|
San Diego Chargers. Despite having a 14-7 lead at halftime, the Broncos were overwhelmed by LaDaininan Tomlinson in the second half, wound up surrendering the then-current AFC West title to the Chargers, 35-27.
|On what date did Mike Shanahan announce Jay Cutler to be the Broncos' starting QB?|
November 27, 2006. With Plummer starting off the season 7-4 and coming off an AFC Championship Game, Mike Shanahan started rookie Jay Cutler, who proceeded to go 2-3 and failed to make the playoffs.
|What team beat the Broncos with only two minutes left in overtime to knock the Broncos out of contention for the playoffs?|
San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco kicker Joe Nedney booted a 36-yarder to stop the Broncos from making the playoffs in the final week of the regular season. The Broncos lost 26-23.
|What was the 2006 Broncos' final record?|
9-7. The Broncos finished third in the AFC Wild Card standings, with the New York Jets (10-6) being first and the Kansas City Chiefs being second (9-7). The Broncos tied the Chiefs record, but because the Chiefs had a better division record, they went instead.
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